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If you want to get into fabric and fashion design — or are already a fabric and fashion designer who is looking for more work — here are online platforms that can help.

Fabric and fashion design

Creatively

Creatively connects creative artists of all stripes — animators, fashion designers, web designers, fine artists, writers and producers — with companies and individuals who need their services. The brainchild of fashion brand alice + olivia founder Stacey Bendet, the site makes it easy to post a portfolio and apply to jobs offered by a wide array of local and national brands. Creatives can sign up and post a profile for free. Brands/employers are asked to subscribe to connect with creatives. Launched only last summer, the job listings on this site already impress. Learn more about Creatively here. 

WorkingNotWorking

WorkingNotWorking, an independent and upscale division of Fiverr, connects creatives in the fashion, entertainment, media, marketing, and consumer services fields directly with companies that want to hire them.  The idea is to avoid agency fees and commissions levied on the talent. This site puts the cost of hiring on the company seeking work. How it works for creatives is relatively simple. You sign up; upload a bio, resume, and portfolio and list your skills and references. The site uses both computer modeling and a board of advisors to determine where your information shows up in any given employment search. Although there is no guarantee you’ll get a job — or even be accepted to list — there’s no cost to try. Learn more about WorkingNotWorking.

Print-on-demand

In addition to these sites that can help you find paying fabric and fashion design project work, you can license your designs to print-on-demand operations. These companies pay you to allow them to print your designs on everything from iPhone cases to coffee mugs. The following print-on-demand operations look for designers to provide fabric designs for furniture, t-shirts, aprons and shower curtains, among other things. 

Spoonflower

Spoonflower is a print-in-demand site specifically geared to designers who want to create wallpaper and fabric designs. It gives interior designers discounts, which cost artists nothing, but encourage designers to use the site’s fabrics. The fabric is expensive to buy, ranging from $19 to more than $50 per yard, depending on the fabric. So, even at a 10% royalty rate, artists are likely to make a decent amount on every sale. Learn more about Spoonflower here.

Printful 

Printful is a print-on-demand operation that allows creatives to upload art — or create a design on the site — and have the site print the uploaded art on one (or many) of 200+ products the site offers for sale. The site publishes its prices and shipping terms, promising to fulfill orders within days of receiving them. Creatives simply add a mark-up to ensure that they earn a profit on each sale.

However, unlike competitors RedBubble and FineArtAmerica, Printful doesn’t offer your products through its website. You need to have an e-commerce site of your own that you link to your Printful account. That allows you to essentially “white label” Printful’s products as your own. You can sign up to offer products through Printful here.

FineArtAmerica

FineArtAmerica is one of the oldest and largest print-on-demand operations in the U.S. With most products, FineArtAmerica sets a base price that represents the cost for the site to produce and ship the product to the customer. The artists add their mark-up to come up with a final price. Learn more about FineArtAmerica here

Society6

Society6 generally sets the royalty rate for you, which amounts to 10% of the sales price. Learn more about Society6 here.

Redbubble

Redbubble has a dynamic pricing formula where you can set your own profit margin. For instance, if a t-shirt’s base price is $18.50, you can add a $10 mark-up and the site will sell it for $28.50. Or, you could decide to accept a lower mark-up to sell at a lower price. Learn more about RedBubble here.

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